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Introduction of Germany
What kind of Country is Germany?
This page is made by the students of Japanese school in Dusseldorf for friends in other countries.
Official name: The Federal Republic of Germany

Capital City: Berlin

Population: about 81,750,000 people

Population Density: 230 persons/ k‡u

Area: about 357,000k‡u

Language: German (Deutsch)

Currency: EURO (1 Euro= 100 Eurocents)

Notes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 Euro

Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents 1, 2 Euro

The time difference from GMT: +1 hour
National Flag: (Black)
(Red)
(Gold)
Neighbor Countries:
Denmark (The Kingdom of Denmark)

Holland (The Kingdom of the Netherlands)

Belgium (The Kingdom of Belgium)

Luxembourg (The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg)

France (The French Republic)

Switzerland (The Swiss Confederation)

Austria (The Republic of Austria)

Czech (The Czech Republic)

Poland (The Republic of Poland)
Germany is an associate member of the European Union (EU), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the United Nations (UN).
Food
Frankfurt and Hamburg are two major cities in Germany. The names of foods, like efrankfurterf or ehamburger,f come from the names of these cities. Germany is famous for sausages. There are many kinds of sausages in butchers and supermarkets.

Potatos are the main staple food in Germany. Thus there are many kinds of food with potatoes; mashed potatoes, french fries ...etc. They taste more delicious than those in Japan.

Beer and wine are some of the most famous things in Germany. Dusseldorf has its original beer, ealtbierf which peple can buy or drink in most bars or restaurants. There are a lot of bars and restaurants where people can drink it.
Traffic
There are different types of railways in Germany. The railroads that are spread all over Germany are called DB (Deutsche Bahn). There are also the fast or express trains called gICEh (Inter City Express) too. There are also buses, streetcars and subways running through the cities, and they are very convenient. The difference between Germany and Japan is that stations in Germany donft have any ticket gates. There're ticket machines on trains and buses, whereby passengers have to stamp their tickets as a form of payment.
Tourist attractions
1) Neuschwanstein Castle
The most famous place in Germany is eNeuschwanstein Castlef. You have probably seen a castle like this somewhere. Yes, this castle is the model for eCinderellaCastlef in Tokyo Disneyland. A prince on a horse should be coming out of it, donft you think?
2) Rothenburg
Rothenburg is also famous. This small town is on the gRomantic Roadh and is surrounded by castle walls. This town is famous for houses made of wood, gwooden housesh. This city is like a place that comes out of a fairy tale.

In the old times Rothenburg was the second largest city in Germany with a population of 6,000. Today, this city is famous as a tourist site.
3) The River Rhine (Der Rhein)
The Rhine runs through the town of Dusseldorf. People in Germany call the river gGerman Rhineh. Therefs no doubt the Rhine is one of the greatest rivers in Europe. It comes from Switzerland, through Germany and finally ends its journey in the Netherlands. In the German Rhine, there is gLorelei,h where a beautiful woman who is said to wreck ships by her song sits. We can follow the Rhine and see castles along it. It is one of the reasons to visit Germany.
Relation with Japan
Japan exports foods, automobiles and many mechanical, electronic products. From Germany, many medicines and chemicals are imported to Japan. Both of these countriesf import and export goods that are worth over one trillion yen. So you could say that Japan and Germany are good trade partners.

The constitution of imperial Japan, which was made by Ito Hirobumi in the Meiji era was based on Germanyfs Weimar Constitution. In the Showa era, Japan took Korea under control, and moved into China. At the same time, Germany was at war with France and the UK.@In 1940, Japan made an alliance with Germany and Italy. The year after, Japan started a war against the US and the UK. However in 1945, both Germany and Japan surrendered and the war ended. As you can see Japan and Germany has a close relationship.

Composers like Beethoven, and Schumann are well-liked in Japan, and Germany has a lot of famous orchestras which often play in Japan.
Additional Information
German people take much care of the environment. They have some ways to protect the environment.
1) hToxic waste must be separated and collected.h
Materials like dry batteries, medical products, chemical paints and oils, which cause harm to the environment, are separated and collected.
2) hUsable waste must be recycled.h
You see many containers for recycling throughout the towns. There are containers for Altpapier(used paper), Altglas(used glass, bottles), and the other recyclable materials, i.e. metals, synthetic resin and compound material. Moreover, altglas is separated and collected according to color; green, brown and transparent.
3) hDonft make much waste!h
We take our own bags for shopping, so that we will not use plastic bags.
g Recycling containersh
From right: Altpapier (blue), Altpapier (blue), Altglas;
(green, transparent(white) and brown)
the other waste which is recyclable
Do you know Grimmfs fairy tales? You may know gThe Musicians of Bremenh. Grimmfs fairy tales are written by the Grimm brothers, who lived in Germany. The scenes of those fairy tales are often seen in Germany, where you can see the old buildings, streets, and so on, associated with Grimmfs fairy tales.
TITLE Scenes of Grimmfs fairy tales
in Germany
gThe Musicians of Bremenh Bremen
gThe Pied Piper of Hamelinh Hameln
gSleeping Beautyh Sababurg
gRapunzelh Trendelburug
gLittle Red Riding Hoodh Alsfeld
gHansel And Gretelh Reinhardt